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9/29/08 - Monday in the Parks - News, Photos and Tips

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by , 09-29-2008 at 04:55 AM
WARNING : Today's article is focusing on the Halloween Events, and is rated PG-13, and some of the photos/comments might not be suitable to all readers.

Good morning, I normally focus on the Southern California area, and we will mainly focus on the "OC", but we need to make a couple of mentions from the "East Coast"...

First is a piece of sad news....

John Curry, Disney World's first hotel employee, dies at 78 --

Walt Disney World's first-ever hotel employee died Friday.

John Foster Curry, 78, was hired by Walt Disney in August 1966 as the company's hotel planner, according to David Koenig, author of Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World.

Curry helped conceive of, construct and operate the Contemporary and Polynesian resorts at the Central Florida theme park. He researched hotels across the country, worked with U.S. Steel Corp. on the construction and hired the first executive hotel staffs.

"He was a kind, generous man," Koenig said Saturday in a telephone interview. "Always with wonderful stories. He was a modest person, too."
Everyone at MiceAge/MiceChat sends the condolences to the Curry Family, and thank him for all the years of making Guests happy!

Also in the news, Pleasure Island at WDW closed at WDW Saturday night, as much as a lot of us would love to see the Adventures Club come to Anaheim, we need to thank all the Cast Members who worked hard in Florida to keep the "party-ers" entertained!

And moving to South Carolina, a new Theme Park, Hard Rock Park, filed Chapter 11 this week.

Hard Rock's and Strand's reputations in jeopardy - Business - Myrtle Beach Sun News

And in the Disney Store universe...

Disney Store Unveils Exclusive Line of Camp Rock and Hannah Montana Costumes; Magical Styles Make Tweens Shine Like Stars on Halloween Night - MarketWatch

OK, enough of the sad stuff, let's get ready to scare you!!!!

It has been a very busy week for me, and it was wonderful to meet a lot of you Saturday night at Knott's. This week will be picture heavy, but don't forget that MiceAge runs articles 6 days a week (7 if there is major news). We have been featured at the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and the wire services many times recently, and appreciate the fact that they know where to find some of the latest Theme/Amusement news.

Before the Halloween photos, let's look at some of the "SoCal" news...

Work begins on Terminator wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain - Travel -

A new wooden Roller Coaster is coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2009, and Brady MacDonald is on covering the story. Also, don't forget, "Fright Fest" starts next week, and is the only major SoCal Halloween event that comes at no extra charge, just part of the regular admission fee.

Universal Studios Hollywood also is starting its "Halloween Horror Nights"....

Universal's trammed souls - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety

Physical effects include prodding visitors to walk through hanging underwear, fake carcasses or faux skin hanging from hooks or spraying them with liquids. This year it's also piping in such gross odors as vomit, feces and rotting flesh.

"Every year, if there's a line, we cross it," Murdy says. "That's how you touch people. Those things send triggers to your brain."
And that quote might get your attention, and it is an important fact, the vast majority of Halloween events in Southern California are ADULT based, with the main exception being Disneyland's Halloween Time.

I placed a warning at the top of the page, and need to do it again, some of the photos in this article will be not suitable for younger kids.

Orange County Register is focusing on the Halloween events!

Around Disney kicks off Halloween Week coverage - Around Disney -

As much as we want you to keep reading MiceAge on a daily basis, we also need to tip our hat to the OC Register, who covers the SoCal Theme Parks with great coverage.

Disneyland Raises Stroller and Wheelchair fees.

Friday, Disneyland raised the prices of Strollers and Manual Wheelchairs $2, and Electric Convenience Vehicles $10.

Disneyland Lawsuit - Dog Mauling

Disneyland sued by little girl - Around Disney -

I highly recommend you read the actual complaint filed by the attorney.

This story has been a major thread on many Disney related message boards this week, and while nobody wants to see Disney makes mistakes, there are some serious issues here. Of course, the job of the attorney is to make the legal case sound as bad as possible, but there is enough evidence that makes the lawsuit valid. Hopefully the parties will settle before it goes in front of the judge.

Disneyland Park Early Closures October 5th and 21st

FYI, for those who are planning trips, both Sunday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 21st, Disneyland is closing at 5 PM for private parties.

Sunday the 5th is for the special Disney Parks Marketing event, the "What will you celebrate?" Miley Cyrus 16th Birthday party, and Tuesday the 21st is an "unknown" event.

Disney has made some adjustments to the October 5th schedule, the main change is that there will be one Parade of Dreams, at 2 PM.

A reminder - Gay Days weekend is this week

Just in case you don't follow the Disney schedule, the "unofficial" Gay Days event is happening this coming weekend.

Gay Days Anaheim

Should be fun seeing some folks wearing Red ANAHEIM Angels shirts looking confused on October 3rd through the 5th. (Yes, I know I am supposed to say the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but NO!!!)

And here is my humble opinion, GO ANGELS!!! and that the Dodgers need to lose in the first round.

FYI, MiceChat is planning Noon meets both Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th at the normal meet location, the "Hub", but if the Hub is blocked off on Sunday, check the alternative "rain" location, Coke Corner.

More DCA Mickey's Trick-or-Treat days sold out.

5 days are now sold out, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. All other days are still available at

A great Annual Pass deal is available at Southern California Costco's.

While the price is the "regular" fee, Costco's in Southern California are offering a $50 Disney Gift Card with purchase. (Item# 295609).

Costco in Tustin has them.

They are located in the Gift Certificate area of the store, which in Tustin is near the main entrance. They are on trays, and have 8 & 1/2 by 11 inches pieces of cardboard (mainly red) as the voucher to take to the cashier.

When you buy one, you get a voucher to take to the Disneyland Ticket Booths to exchange for an Annual Pass and the $50 Disney Gift Card. Must be used by May 31st, 2009.

No sales tax should be charged, at least in California.

This is the best deal for anyone who wants to buy or renew a Deluxe or Premium AP.

If you want a Premium AP, buy the Deluxe at Costco, and then take the voucher to Disneyland. The first day of use is always not blocked out, so you can go to the Bank of Main Street. Then just take the $50 gift card and use it to upgrade to a Premium AP that day. (Don't forget to bring your Paid Parking Receipt, as Disney will refund one day of parking to those buying a Premium AP or paying for the Parking upgrade on any other AP).

But $50 off is better than the current $30 renewal discount, and the second benefit, you get a slightly longer expiration date if you are a regular visitor.

Jewel of Orleans (aka Dianne's Estate Jewellery) is opening a third location.

Dianne's started in San Francisco, and then opened a second store in New Orleans Square. And now will be opening up a third store in Healdsberg, California (North of the Bay area).

Christopher Eykel, a long time Jewel of Orleans employee has been named manager of the new store, and we wish him the best of luck in his new position.

If you are a fan of Christopher, he is working this upcoming weekend (October 4th and 5th) at Disneyland, and it will be your last chance to say Hi before he moves to NorCal! He would love for you to buy LOTS of stuff before he starts wearing gloves and Trench Coats, and needing an umbrella!

The official opening in Healdsburg is Saturday, October 11th from 5 to 9 PM.

The new store is located at 387 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448. And you can reach them by phone at 707-395-0855.

Anaheim GardenWalk update

More shops opened this week.

My favorite - San Sei Japanese Grill staterd operations on Friday, and is a great choice. Highly Recommened.

Also Bar Louie, Sbarro and Momotree opened this week.

And the CinemaFusion Movie Complex is now serving Alcohol!!! (Theaters 2 through 7)

Indiana Jones Adventure brings back Single Rider Passes

Giood news, a MiceChat poster reported and posted photos of the new Single Rider option for Indy!

Single Rider Line returns to Indiana Jones Adventure

Still need to watch the "seat belt" safety video though...

Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar to open in "mid" October

The new Disneyland Resort Guides to the Magic are plugging the new DCA preview center, along with "Pixie Hollow" (former Ariel's Grotto area). Pixie Hollow is supposed to open in late October, based on the guide.

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The new Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread house

No more McDonald's ad in Paradise Pier!

For former Washington Mutual customers, the change to JPMorgan Chase Bank will save you some money, as you will no longer need to pay ATM fees at the Disneyland Resort (coming soon!).

One of the MiceChat users/Knott's Haunt Monsters, Kritter poses for the camera. By the way, MAJOR kudos goes out to all the Monsters that entertain us every year!!!! THANKS!

The infamous Knott's Haunt "Hanging" is themed to Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull this year.

Heck, at least Knott's can get a working animated WALL-E in its park!

Bagpipes, Drums and Bugles, Monster style!

You KNEW you would see this! GO CHARGERS!

That should do it for this week, thanks for stopping by, and make sure and visit MiceAge on a regular basis!

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Updated 09-29-2008 at 06:39 AM by In the Parks



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  1. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  2. dlandjimmy's Avatar
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    Thanks Darkbeer. Go Angels. Although, I don't share you opinion about the Dodgers. I hope they make it to the World Series and promptly get defeated in four games by the Angels.
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    lol @ Kritter, or as I called him in a post; Son of Maynard.
  4. StevenSokulski's Avatar
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    How can they (legally) have the Wall-E AA?
  5. xalesa's Avatar
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    Great job. I was in the DL park on Friday; saw HMH and all the great decorations. A trip report will follow soon, but it sure was fun to be there on the first day of the Halloween season!
  6. Wendygirl's Avatar
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    I have a question maybe you can answer. Monday, October 13, is Columbus Day and the park is open from 9 am to 11 pm but I notice there is no parade that day. Every other day around that date has the parade listed but not on the 13th. Any idea why?

    Love your updates
  7. MickeyMousePal's Avatar
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    Great Monday update, David.
  8. mickeyandme67's Avatar
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    Darkbeer, it seems more than foolish for you to wish an early demise to the Dodgers. If they win the National pennant and the Angels win the American, then everyone in SoCal can see even more World Series games. Your comments in my opinion are dumbish at best.
  9. kickcows's Avatar
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    Thanks for the awesome tip on the Annual Passes!! Great update!
  10. MonstersGoBoo!'s Avatar
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    HAHA @ Kritter's face. Great update. Thanks.
  11. Mustang61777's Avatar
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    Darkbeer, mark my words. You will see Dodgers vs. Angels in the World Series. MANNY RAMIREZ MVP. BTW, love the update.
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    Man, I get so sick of these stupid private events. The park was already supposed to close at 8pm on the 21st, just do the event afterward. Every time I make the trip down there I get screwed by one of these things.
  13. StrikeYerColors's Avatar
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    before he starts wearing gloves and Trench Coats, and needing an umbrella!
    Haha! It's Healdsburg, not Seattle! Sonoma County probably has hotter summers than Orange County does! And with all the climate change, it's getting to be just as dry in the winter as well (I live in nearby in my hometown of Ukiah in Mendocino County).

    Maybe next time I'm in Healdsburg I'll stop by the new store.
  14. Craigroy8287's Avatar
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    Great pics. I can't wait to go to Knott's
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    Darkbeer, I used to have respect for you. But after that Dodgers comment, there isn't any left. Why hate on them? The Dodgers aren't even in the same division or league (btw, the angels division only has four teams! Real tough!) as the angels. The angels owner is the one you should dislike. He insults the entire county because he is so in love with LA that he must put Los Angeles in his team's name. Please don't stoop to a raider fan's level.
  16. Kritter's Avatar
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    GO ANGELS!!!! and Tshaman... Why does it matter that we have four teams? The other three teams play in the MLB, don't they?
  17. Jedimyndtryx's Avatar
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    no more reading DB updates for me...Think Blue. L.A.'s real and only baseball team.
  18. AzGizmo's Avatar
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    So no one knows why Disneyland is closing early on October 21, eh? Bummer as that's when my hubby and I are going to be down there...
  19. perlster's Avatar
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    Knott's Berry Farm does have
    "Camp Spooky Treasure Hunt - Weekends Only in October"
  20. TigerLily98's Avatar
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    Actually, for the first time ever, Sea World San Diego is also having a family friendly celebration called Sea World Spooktacular (clink link below)


    And don't forget Legoland's Brick or Treat:

    October 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 and 25/26, 2008
    Brick-or-Treat Trail presented by Union Bank of California

    Celebrate Halloween at LEGOLAND® California with safe trick-or-treating on the kid-sized Brick-or-Treat Trail. On October 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 and 25/26 from 11am - 4:45pm trick-or-treaters 12 and under can gather goodies including Wonka® Giant Chewy Nerds and many other ghoulish goodies in their free LEGOLAND souvenir bag on our exclusive Brick-or-Treat Trail. This kid-sized cul-de-sac features LEGO themed treat stations and offers a safe and entertaining trick-or-treating experience. Brick-or-Treat Trail is held from 11:00am - 4:45pm and is included in the regular admission price.

    Celebrate Halloween at LEGOLAND® California with safe trick-or-treating on the kid-sized Brick-or-Treat Trail. On October 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 and 25/26 from 11am - 4:45pm trick-or-treaters 12 and under can gather goodies including Wonka® Giant Chewy Nerds and many other ghoulish goodies in their free LEGOLAND souvenir bag on our exclusive Brick-or-Treat Trail. This kid-sized cul-de-sac features LEGO themed treat stations and offers a safe and entertaining trick-or-treating experience. Brick-or-Treat Trail is held from 11:00am - 4:45pm and is included in the regular admission price.

    Also, don’t miss our Brick-or-Treat Party Nights on October 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 5pm - 9pm, where monsterously fun Park areas are open till 9pm including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, LEGO TECHNIC Coaster and BIONICLE Blaster. In addition to rides, shows and attractions in the areas, your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy special activities including a nighttime costume contest with a prize for the best costume and ghoulish entertainment with the Boo Crew, Hubble Bubble & Zany Zelda's cauldron, Count Brickula and Jester Funny Bones. Also, don't miss the Howler of the Hour contest held at the Courtyard Theater Stage!

    Both the Brick-or-Treat Trail and our Brick-or-Treat Party Night are included in the regular one-day admission price. Guests attending a Brick-or-Treat Party Night only can purchase a separate nighttime event ticket for $35.

    Pass Members attending a Brick-or-Treat Party Nights receive free admission to the event! Check newsletter for details or download coupon here. Pass Members may also purchase tickets for friends and family for just $25, valid for one-day admission Saturdays in October - including both Brick-or-Treat Trail AND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Add one-day SEA LIFE Aquarium admission for just $10 more!
    Updated 09-30-2008 at 01:41 PM by TigerLily98
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